Friday, November 27th, 2015 09:38 pm
Struck with the sudden desire to watch DS9 (especially since I lost my access to regular episodes around the time the dominion arc started getting good so I've never seen the end)

But it's a case of too many episodes too little time. Anyone able to recommend a good episode watching guide?

I tried googling but there are a lot of lists and I can't tell which are any good! Suspect someone here knows my pain :3
Friday, November 27th, 2015 09:48 pm
The Kittens Game by bloodrizer is amazing. It is quite addictive. You are a kitten in a field of catnip. You can gather catnip. When you have enough catnip, you can plant it in a field and grow more. Then you can make wood, and build huts, and it grows into this great resource-mining game. It's very well balanced, with lots of interesting quirks. I was delighted when I first tamed a unicorn. Now I have collected unicorn tears, reset the game and collected my karma, my kitties have drilled oil wells and built amphitheatres and trade with the zebras and sharks on a regular basis. I discovered it from comments in [personal profile] yvi's post about constructive games a while back.

Is anyone else playing?
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 05:09 pm
The Fanlore page now has some links to most of what's been happening and some good summaries, for anyone who's not already aware.

I am still trying to figure out what to say publicly, but I am also desperate to talk about it, in between being really nervous of hearing stuff dragged back up that will really upset me. I'm mostly healed from the previous incidents, but not entirely.

I'm tentatively hopeful but still slightly cynical at the moment. Matty and LO (Atiya) are great people and I look forward to seeing what they'll do. They're not perfect people, and fandom's idealisation-devaluation cycle is vicious. A clean slate is easier in some ways than changing a culture when you're a minority, but there are bits of problematic culture that have been spread across the org for so many years that I really doubt they're all gone, so I don't think the Board is the only problem culturally or ethically, let alone in any other way.

I haven't linked it from the Fanlore page as I know she doesn't want the whole of Metafandom descending on her, but [personal profile] recessional's commentary is interesting, for any mutual friends/network who hadn't spotted it yet.

I have been sick for the past five days, I'm exhausted and everything sucks, I still have dayjob to do, chores to do, and a pile of fun stuff including Dreamwidth coding that I'd like to get to at some point. But I've gone and volunteered to share my knowledge on the finance side, because institutional history can help, provided you can prevent it perpetuating bad culture.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 03:33 pm
This is my first code tour in quite a while. [personal profile] kaberett's contributor weekend got me back into things, as well as featuring amazing macaroni cheese. Hooray for several new and/or returning people! \o/ (Warning: British spelling ahead.)

Code Tour, 5th - 22nd November )

25 total issues resolved
Contributors: [ profile] azurelunatic, [ profile] cesy, [ profile] chrisboyle, [ profile] hotlevel4, [ profile] kaberett, [ profile] kareila, [ profile] ljacob, [ profile] me-and, [ profile] ninetyd, [ profile] sgsabbage

Thanks to our new contributor [ profile] chrisboyle.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 07:17 am

A place you can ask others to write or draw something about these boys for you.  Anything is allowed as long as you follow the rules.  NO MEMBERSHIP NEEDED!  All the requests and other posts are expected to be anonymous.  All we want is for you to have fun ! 
Just click on the picture above and you're there! 

NB! I'm sorry! I accidentally put the politics into the tags. Why aren't I allowed to delete it? Why?! It doesn't make sense! 
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 07:32 pm
We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 21:45: All done!
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 01:03 pm
We are planning to do a code push in about six hours, around 5pm Pacific time.

Most of the changes with this push are cleanup and small backend fixes, but we also have a new journal style called "Pattern" with 24 themes for you to choose from, and most excitingly, QuickReply has now been enabled for journal, day, and network views.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 09:39 am
One of my favourite things about playing games that have a gender option is that if there's some implied romance options in the boy version, there's not much room to rewrite the whole story for the girl version - at least in the hand held consoles - so you wind up with some fun lesbian subtext.

So far, I've had this fun in both Fantasy Life and Pokemon X/Y. <3
Thursday, November 19th, 2015 01:42 am
I decided I was going to submit to OSCON this year, and their CFP is open until November 24! If anyone else is interested in submitting, I'm happy to help you tweak your proposal.

(OSCON will not be an "official DW conference", but if I get my proposal accepted, I'd be happy to share a hotel room! And speakers get into the conference free, which is a really good deal, considering that a ticket usually runs around a grand.)
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 08:50 am
Gastroscopy was okay, and I did manage to calm down beforehand. There are no visible ulcers or anything else too bad going on, but the gastritis is visible and they have taken a biopsy for Helicobacter pylori testing.

I am a bit drowsy/sleepy, but otherwise fine and will spend the rest of the day playing Fallout 3 and rewatching Babylon 5. Because B5 is awesome.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 11:30 pm
Angry )
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 11:52 pm
Conversation today:

"This box of firelighters has a picture of fire on it. It's not a box of fire."
"Unless it was flatpack fire. You know, like Ikea FJIRE."
"Oh... that explains why there's a sign outside saying FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT."
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 07:04 pm
Bad: had a bad day, came home in a foul mood

Good: spent 30 minutes kicking and punching the punching bag

Good: my Nexus 5X arrived

Bad: tomorrow at 7:30, I have an endoscopy
Monday, November 16th, 2015 12:20 pm
"The peasants have no bread."
"Let them eat cake!" (brioche)

Marie Antoinette didn't actually say that. The story spread because people were so worried about bread, which was the staple food. You might well spend 50% of your income on buying bread.

We were talking about this, and Kit said that the modern equivalent would be:

"Minister, the people say rents are too high."
"Well, they should just buy houses!"